People Movers Move Downtown

by Marion Hart, Asst. Editor; Civil Engineering—ASCE, New York, NY 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1989, Vol. 59, Issue 2, Pg. 71-74

Document Type: Feature article

Abstract: Although the people mover has become a common sight at major airports in the U.S. and abroad, the sleek high tech vehicles have yet to establish themselves as a cost effective mode of transport for America's downtown. Because of an airports sovereignty, officials can bypass many of the institutional snags involved with construction of such systems in an urban environment. Private property must be condemned, the cooperation of public agencies must be enlisted and approvals from police and fire departments acquired. The major obstacle to the integration of the people mover in an urban environment, however, remains the high cost of maintenance. The article covers the construction of America's first three urban people mover systems in Miami, Detroit and Jacksonville and discusses future trends in people mover construction and markets.

Subject Headings: People movers | Urban areas |

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